City puts search for downtown ballpark operator on hold

City puts search for downtown ballpark operator on hold

Amarillo, TX - The search for a downtown ballpark operator is temporarily on hold, pending results from the November election.

Friday the Local Government Corporation (LGC), the city board managing the downtown catalyst projects, returned the Amarillo Thunderheads' application to operate the proposed downtown ballpark without any action taken.

City council members recently instructed the LGC to not take any actions pertaining to the multi-purpose event venue (MPEV) until voters decide if it will contain a ballpark this November.

"The LGC has held the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) response for an extended period of time and the current instruction to the LGC from the City Council is take no action relative to the MPEV pending further guidance," said Amarillo City Manager Jarrett Atkinson. "Due to these reasons and the pending election, the RFQ was released."

Amarillo Thunderheads Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Tucker addressed the recent action. "Due to the upcoming elections, the LGC informed that they were instructed to not precede with any actions that pertain towards the MPEV," said Tucker in a statement. "They made the Amarillo Baseball Club, LLC, aka Amarillo ThunderHeads, along with anyone else that turned in a RFQ or proposal for the venue, that they will be released from the RFQ, since many dates and timelines are not current and status is unknown.  This in no way shows a lack of interest for continuing baseball or entertaining the area whether in the Potter County Stadium or the proposed MPEV."